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TyKinney

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08-29-2015 07:48 PM

Hi everyone!

New guy here and first post. I hope this is the right section.

I am pretty new to woodworking and what I know is only from books, the Internet, and videos. The problem is I am having a hard time finding a school, place, or person near me where I can get some hands on formal instruction.

So the question-

Does anyone know of a school, business, or know someone in the San Luis Obispo California area that teaches or would be willing to teach? Obviously nothing is for free and I am willing to pay for time and knowledge, even if it’s an informal thing. I’m looking for everything from cabinetry, furniture, power, and definitely hand tools.

Thank you for any help and I look forward to meeting some woodworkers close to me and benefitting from the knowledge on this site.

-- Tyler


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Nubsnstubs

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#1 posted 08-29-2015 10:45 PM

If Ventura isn’t too much of a drive, there is a Woodcraft store there. They should offer hands on demos like they do here in Tucson. From there, it’s just a matter of finding people nearer to you for the help you need. Hope I’ve helped some…..... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 08-30-2015 12:14 AM

College of the redwoods isn’t to far from you and it’s reported to be amount the best

-- Ken

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TyKinney

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#3 posted 08-30-2015 05:09 AM

Thank you for the replies!

Yes, Woodcraft Ventura is only about an hour and a half from me. I actually already have the list of classes and have picked a few I’m signing up for.

College of the Redwoods would be awesome! It’s about 8 hours from me though, and my wife and I both work shift work so I won’t be able to take advantage of that. At least not at this point in life :)

I could have been a little clearer on what I was looking for. I wasn’t sure if I just missed a local school in my search for starters. Also, I was maybe hoping to find someone who would be willing to teach, if they didn’t already. Something where I could go and learn for a few hours every week or two.

I almost debated on going to a couple finishing/cabinetry/furniture businesses in the area and just offer some free labor and help in exchange for some teaching and experience. (I don’t want people to think I’m crazy though) :)

-- Tyler

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bearkatwood

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#4 posted 08-30-2015 12:11 PM

Start small.
My first experience in a wood shop was with a couple of old guys that made furniture in their garage. Look in your local yellow pages and find a local custom woodworker and give him/her a call. At the worst they would say “NO”. You might have to purchase some shop time, but then you might just meet someone who is looking for an apprentice and doesn’t know it yet.
Beyond that there are several woodwork colleges on the west coast, but they can be expensive. College of the Redwoods in California, Northwest Woodworking Studio in Oregon and Port Townsend in Washington. If you are fortunate enough to get an apprenticeship I think you would be better off. Even if you just get to go to a woodworking shop and watch for a few days you will learn a bit. Hope this helps and good luck.

-- Brian Noel

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TyKinney

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#5 posted 08-30-2015 01:01 PM

Bearkat- I guess a form of apprenticeship is kind of what I’m looking for. I wasn’t sure if asking for that from someone but not doing it full time was ok. But like you said, worst they can say is no. Getting some time in a garage with some woodworkers would be great too.

Over all I am very handy and figure out and do most things myself with a bit of research. I would like to cut down on the research time a bit and get more learning and doing done.

Thanks again, and if there is anyone in my area that sees this give me a holler. Even if you don’t want to teach I would still like to check out a shop and tools since I’m still buying all of mine.

-- Tyler

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Nubsnstubs

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#6 posted 08-30-2015 03:21 PM

Kinney, here’s an invaluable tip, and I’m offering it for free. Take the word, “perfect”, and throw it out the window. It has no business in woodworking. Too many people strive for it, but always settle for, “It looks pretty good”, or, “I’m happy with it”. Those are the only things that matter in woodworking other than being accurate with your cut lists….

I’m hoping to do a wood turning demo of my inventions at that Woodcraft store in Ventura sometime in October. If it comes about, I hope to see you there if you have any interest in wood turning, though an hour and half drive seems like a lot just to meet someone. .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#7 posted 08-30-2015 07:54 PM

Tyler,

You’re really on the right idea. So many of us a self-taught but that’s fraught with trial and error and years of experience doing something the wrong way ha ha.

A 2 day class I took on chip carving probably would have taken me a year to learn.

Sorry I am 3,000 miles from you but I hope you can find something.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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MT_Stringer

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#8 posted 08-30-2015 08:08 PM

Do you have any tools to work with?

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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MT_Stringer

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#9 posted 08-30-2015 08:10 PM



Kinney, here s an invaluable tip, and I m offering it for free. Take the word, “perfect”, and throw it out the window. It has no business in woodworking. Too many people strive for it, but always settle for, “It looks pretty good”, or, “I m happy with it”. Those are the only things that matter in woodworking other than being accurate with your cut lists….

I m hoping to do a wood turning demo of my inventions at that Woodcraft store in Ventura sometime in October. If it comes about, I hope to see you there if you have any interest in wood turning, though an hour and half drive seems like a lot just to meet someone. .......... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

There days it takes me an hour and 1/2 just to get across Houston! :-(

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 08-31-2015 01:19 AM

Are there any vocational technology schools in your area? Here in SoCal we have a few that teach the trades now, pretty much instead of in high school.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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TyKinney

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#11 posted 08-31-2015 02:32 AM

Nubs- I’ll keep my eye out for your demo. Maybe see if there is a class or something the same day. And yes, I am actually very interested in turning.

Stringer- yes, I have a table saw, miter saw, fixed base router, radial arm saw, and a coue other things. I am looking for a band saw and got a book on making wood planes. I will probably make a Hock kit in the very near future. I am really intrigued by hand tools and would like to learn them and learn them he right way.

Dark Lightning- I have been looking for a vocational school that I could make on a regular basis but I haven’t found one. I would like to take some classes at William Ng School and I eventually will. It’s about 4 hours away so I would have to make a trip out of it.

Thank you everyone for the input. I’m glad I seem to be one the right track with some of this. My wife and I both work shift work so getting to stuff can be difficult but I’m determined.

-- Tyler

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MT_Stringer

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#12 posted 08-31-2015 03:12 AM

You do know the more you make for her the happier she will be, and that will make you happy too! :-) Just sayin’.

My thinking is find something you want to build, research it on You Tube. Pick a workflow you feel comfortable with and get after it. We all make mistakes, but that is where the experience comes in. Even after many years, I still don’t consider myself a fine furniture builder, but the stuff I do make, turns out nice…even if I have do doctor it up a time or two. :-)

Simple cabinets for the garage or house would be a good project.

Good luck.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Kvegas

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#13 posted 08-31-2015 04:06 AM

How close are you to Anaheim? Try wnwoodworkingschool.com. William Ng is a fantastic teacher

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TyKinney

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#14 posted 08-31-2015 06:19 AM

Stinger- that’s about how I’ve been tackling most of my projects. I do pretty well on them and learn as I go.

Kvegas- yep I’m about 3.5-4 hours away. I’ll have to make a trip sometime for a class. It will need to be a few day class to be worth that drive.

-- Tyler

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#15 posted 08-31-2015 06:59 AM



Stinger- that s about how I ve been tackling most of my projects. I do pretty well on them and learn as I go.

Kvegas- yep I m about 3.5-4 hours away. I ll have to make a trip sometime for a class. It will need to be a few day class to be worth that drive.

- TyKinney

I live in Las Vegas and drove there for a five day class. It was well worth it and if you look on his site he has hotels that offer discounts for his students.

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